We are, of course, better off getting our nutrients from healthy foods and beverages. But dietary supplements can help fill a nutritional gap when there is one.
Knowing when you should (and shouldn’t) take certain nutrients or drugs, however, can sure be confusing.
Figuring out when to take your supplements around meals and medications… and whether it’s best with or without food… can feel downright overwhelming.
But the truth is, it DOES matter.
It’s especially important to know when you are taking minerals which can bind or “chelate” with a lot of different medications.
Whether its meds or supplements timing matters
As a pharmacist, it’s kind of in my blood to ‘approach with caution’ and I don’t necessarily mean pharmaceuticals.
Supplements (the high quality ones that really work) will act in your body exactly like a drug and the timing… when you take them… impacts how well they work.
Before you embark on any supplement regimen, I suggest you ask a holistic-minded practitioner what is right for you with consideration to your allergies, your liver, kidney function and even genetic mutations.
By learning all you can about vitamins and minerals you can make better choices about dosages.
There are times when I need to dump out 50 percent of one capsule to get a lower dose, and other times I will take more than what is typically recommended. We’re all very unique.
Optimize effects of whatever you are taking
Like it or not many of us are on medications for one reason or another. Today I will teach you more about timing your medications and supplements so you can optimize effect and minimize risk.
For example, taking some medicines too late in the day will make you wide-eyed at 3am! Or interactions with minerals can defeat the purpose of taking a medication.
Since there are thousands of medications and supplements, I obviously can’t cover them all but I’ll hit the big categories.
Medicines and supplements that are best taken in the morning:
- Thyroid medication
- Modafinil (Provigil)
- Stimulants (Ritalin, Concerta, Adderal)
- Diuretics like HCTZ, furosemide, dandelion, berberine, neem, green tea
- Osteoporosis drugs (Boniva, Fosamax, etc)
Medicines and supplements that are best taken with food:
- Mineral supplements (iodine, magnesium, calcium, iron)
- Vitamin A, D, E or K (fat-soluble vitamins)
- Probiotics can usually be taken anytime
Medicines and supplements that are best taken in the evening or bedtime:
- Goto kola
- Muscle relaxants
- Statin cholesterol reducers
- ACE inhibitors (like enalapril)
- ARB class of blood pressure pills (candesartan, etc)
Do NOT combine:
- Vitamin K or ginkgo with anticoagulants
- Folate with methotrexate or phenytoin
- Minerals or dairy foods with minocycline or doxycycline
- Grapefruit or pomegranate foods/supplements with statins
- Chocolate with Nardil
- Licorice extract with digoxin or HCTZ
- HCTZ with vitamin D (raises calcium too much)
- 5-HTP with any antidepressant
- St John’s wort with any antidepressant
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